News and Announcements from the Supreme Court of Ohio and Other Governmental Entities Within the Buckeye State.
HB 48 IDENTITY THEFT (Hughes) To increase the penalty for identity fraud against an elderly person or disabled adult, and to create the Identity Fraud Passport.
HB 49 SEXUALLY ORIENTED OFFENSES (DeGeeter) To clarify what constitutes visual representations of a minor for prosecutions of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
HB 56 TRAFFICLIGHT CAMERAS (Raussen) To generally prohibit the use by law enforcement agencies of traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
SB 9 OHIO TERRORISM LAW (Jacobson) To require law enforcement officers to comply with certain federal mandates regarding homeland security; to create the offenses of criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon, criminal use of a chemical weapon or biological weapon, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of a chemical weapon or biological weapon, money laundering in support of terrorism, and unlawful possession of a powerful laser;
SB 11 MINIMUM WAGE (Prentiss) To raise the standard minimum wage to $6.15 an hour beginning
SB 14 PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (Hagan, R.) To create the Drug Importation Program.
SB 29 SALES TAX EXEMPTION (Coughlin) To provide a one-week period each year from 2005 to 2008 during which sales of personal computer systems are exempt from sales and use taxes.
SB 35 INCOME TAX RETURNS (Spada) To allow married couples to file joint or separate state income tax returns, regardless of their federal income tax filing status.
SB 36 VOTER IDENTIFICATION (Spada) To generally require all electors who appear in a polling place to provide identification before being permitted to cast a ballot.
SB 47 STATE PARK FEES (Grendell) To prohibit the Division of Parks and Recreation in the Department of Natural Resources from adopting rules establishing a fee for parking a motor vehicle in a state park or for admission to a state park and to declare an emergency.
The decision guarantees that more than 165 employees will lose their jobs and extracurricular activities will be cut in the 2005-06 school year. The district is "not about pay-to-play" acording to Board President Greg McCarty (quote pulled from article in the Columbus Dispatch). This issue was decided by a mere 30% of the electorate.
From what I saw on TV last night, the levy in the city of London passed, while just about all of the others failed, whether they were an actual levy or some type of income tax. On a personal note, I can sympathize with people for feeling that they are taxed enough already, but when you shoot yourself in the foot like they did in South-Western, property values can't help but go down as parents look for private alternatives or move out of the district to more forward-looking school systems. What family with kids is going to want to move into that District? Can't think of too many.
Presents findings on contract cases disposed of by jury or bench trial in 2001 in the Nation's 75 largest counties. Information reported in numerical tables includes the types of cases, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of damages awarded, and case processing time in contract trials. In addition, information on plaintiff and defendant post-verdict activity at the trial court and appellate levels is presented. This electronic only report contains a brief summary of the contract trial statistics.
Highlights include the following: